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5 benefits of stomach breathing for the body, one of which is to relieve pain

5 benefits of stomach breathing for the body, one of which is to relieve painIllustration of breathing. © 2012 Shutterstock / Robert Kneschke

Merdeka.com – Breathing is one of the most important and vital actions that every living being must take. Consciously or not, our breath also changes in patterns and rhythms at different times, and under different emotional states. For example, when you sigh out of despair, gasp for exhaustion, or hold your breath when you are afraid.

Breathing can happen automatically without our need to think about it, and we can also change it consciously, at will. Due to the unique relationship between our thoughts and bodily processes, our breathing patterns can play a role in determining the stressful conditions experienced.

One type of breathing is abdominal breathing. When we do abdominal breathing, the diaphragm tightens, flattens out and moves downward, drawing air into the lungs. As the diaphragm moves downward, it pushes the contents of the stomach downward, forcing the abdominal wall out. When we exhale, the diaphragm relaxes, the air leaves the lungs and the abdominal wall flattens.

These benefits of belly breathing have an impact on the whole body. Belly breathing is also the basis of almost any meditation or relaxation technique. Here are some of the benefits of abdominal breathing that can be obtained:

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